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Feels like FLATS sounds like ROUNDS?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by ::::BASSIST::::, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    I'm looking for some string suggestions that meet the above criteria.

    I've been a flat player since I started, but lately I'm enjoying the sound of rounds alot. Problem is I am very spoiled by the smooth feel of flats and dont want to give that up.

    Tonally, I'm really liking the less fundamental rounds provide.

    The only string I can think of that might meet my needs is the TI J346 flats (I think I have that right).

    What are some other possibilities?
  2. jessicabass


    Dec 22, 2009
    Chromes sound alot like rounds to me. And since they take so long to break in they sound like that for awhile.
    TI's are correct as you say but they have a unique feel and sound. Very rubbery feeling.
  3. Charley Umbria

    Charley Umbria I'm Really a Drummer Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    Rock City, TN
    GHS Pressurewounds are worth a look. Not quite as smooth as flats, but pretty close. I love `em!
  4. JTE


    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    The modified rounds like GHS Brite-Flats and D'Addario Half-Rounds. They're both round wrap wire that has been ground down on the outer side. Feels sorta like flats and sound sorta like rounds. I used them for about three years around '79 but decided they really didn't do either sound that well. Now I have some basses with flats and dome with rounds.
  5. ulynch

    ulynch Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2010
    Nor Cal
    Count me in on this thread. Love the sound of rounds, but getting perturbed by finger noise. I just auditioned D'addario Half Rounds, and GHS Brite Flats, and neither sounded anything like rounds, especially the E string. Hated both.

    Groundwounds are now on the list, along with Labella Quarter Rounds.
  6. PWRL


    Sep 15, 2006
    GHS Pressurewounds and D'Addario Chromes are the two I've played that are smooth but sound brighter.
  7. nightwulf


    Feb 27, 2011
    Edmonds Wa
    Keep the comments coming...I'll report soon on a set of Smith Compressors...(my main player also has TI flats on it....love 'em, but want a bit more growl...)
  8. .
    I'm a bit like you OP. I like a brighter roundwound-like sound, but the feel of flats.

    D'Addario Chromes are the brightest flats I've tried for this. I have them on two basses.
    You need to keep them clean to retain their brightness though.

    Thomastik-Infeld JF344 flats are good too, but to my ears aren't quite as bright as Chromes.
    I have them on my Rick and US Jazz. They just sound "nicer" than Chromes on these two basses, to my ears anyway.

    I have a set of Fender 9050 flats here ready to try some day. I bought them after reading several people's comments about them being as bright as Chromes. Time will tell.
  9. Root 5

    Root 5

    Nov 25, 2001
    GHS Brite Flats and D'Addario Half Rounds. I like 'em.
  10. markanini


    Jun 25, 2008
    How close to the sound of rounds do you hope to get?
  11. radioface


    May 2, 2013
    GHS Brite Flats for a 4 and D'Addario Half Rounds (I like the tapered ends) for a 5.
  12. FourBanger


    Sep 2, 2012
    SE Como
    GHS Pressurewounds are closer to the sound of rounds than ground off strings like a Brite-flats and Half-rounds. Same goes for the Compressors.
  13. Mikhail1


    Apr 8, 2008
    May be what you're looking for and I'll throw in SIT Silencers. They really sound nice and have good longevity. Plus they are inexpensive.
  14. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    Chromes..... rounds disguised as flats
  15. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    Copied this from a post on TB from a year ago.
  16. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    Just for the record, I am using Chromes that are about 7 or 8 yrs old. Very thuddy and some would say 'glorious', but rounds are pretty much the polar opposite and aside from their feel I'm really digging them.
  17. .
    By my experience you need to be really anal with the cleaning of Chromes for them to keep their roundwound-like brightness.
    Otherwise yes, in time they do end up thuddy and the polar opposite of roundwounds.
  18. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    just use rounds.....

    you'll adapt. i promise.
  19. Casting Thunder

    Casting Thunder

    Oct 7, 2012
  20. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    This. Your fingertips are not that dainty. Really, they aren't.